Still Warm Thursday… Then Get Ready for Some Rain -Bill Graul
Periods of Rain Likely Friday and Saturday
As advertised, we saw record or near record warmth across the region on Wednesday. High temps ranged from 71-77F and the high of 76F at the La Crosse airport set a new record. The old record high was 75F, set back in 1938. Keep in mind the average high today is 53F.
PLANNING YOUR NEXT 12 HOURS:
Tonight will be partly cloudy, breezy and quite mild. Expect lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s in most areas. These types of temps would be typical daytime HIGHS for this time of year. Winds will be from the south around 10-15 mph and gusts to 20 mph are possible in some areas.
WHAT WE’RE TRACKING:
I’m tracking a strong cold front that will approach our area Thursday night into Friday. Before it arrives, expect one more warm day with highs in the upper 60s to low-mid 70s. Clouds will be on the increase through the day Thursday, with breezy south winds 10-20 mph and gusts of 30-35 mph in some areas.
SOAKING RAINFALL POSSIBLE:
Chance of showers Thursday night, but the rain chances really kick into high gear on Friday with periods of rain likely. Isolated thunder will be possible as well. Another surge of moisture is likely Saturday as an area of low-pressure lifts northeast along the front. As a result, periods of rain will remain likely on Saturday. Rainfall totals through Saturday evening could climb into the 1″ to 3″ range in parts of the Upper Midwest, especially south/east of La Crosse. Stay tuned for updates on where the heaviest rain axis looks to set up.
Sunday and Monday continue to look mainly dry with fairly seasonable highs in the mid-upper 50s, with a mix of clouds and sun. Isolated showers possible for Election Day with highs in the upper 50s. Milder again next Wednesday and Thursday with highs back in the low-mid 60s. Isolated showers possible Wednesday, then a bit better chance of showers next Thursday.
Have a great Wednesday night! -Meteorologist Bill Graul
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